Wind River, Gospel Hump Wilderness, Idaho

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Spoiler Alert!!!! I’m about to start a 5 day backcountry hiking trip for the Idaho Trails Association. As part of that trip, we needed to drop off a shuttle rig at our exit point….. In an effort to multitask our adventures, Craig, Dakota, and I opted to drop off my truck then spend the rest of the day hiking the nearby Wind River Trail. The Wind River Bridge crosses the Salmon River and then directly accesses the Gospel Hump Wilderness.

The colors were quite unique, a mixture of left over autumn colors with the light greens of early spring.

A common theme today for both Craig and I was total and complete awe of Idaho’s beauty. Here, Craig takes a moment to just soak it all in. At one point Craig asks “Dave, do you think we will ever not be in total amazement of this beauty?” My answer: “I don’t know, I will let you know if I do!”

The wildflowers are just a couple days away from pouring out

Craig and Dakota pressing on up the trail. One thing about this country, it is vertical!

As we were driving to the trailhead, we had a few sprinkles on the windshield. It was now clearing off and the temperature was perfect for hiking.

More moments soaking it in!

After about 2.5 miles of hiking we crossed the Wind River.

From there, the trail leaves the river and starts switchbacking straight up the mountain.

The views now go off the charts!

Time to reverse course and head back down. Craig needed to be back in town and I needed to save my energy for tomorrow’s big adventure!

Craig and Dakota enjoying the much easier decent.

One final image looking across the Salmon River and back up to the area we just hiked.

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